Meth bust results in leads for 25 other meth cooks

Jerrit Hartman, 29

An Quincy-based drug task force says it uncovered one of the largest methamphetamine operations ever in Adams County.

Jerrit Eli Hartman, 29, of 1201 Park Place and Shawn L. Jones, 36, of 429 S. 7th St. were both arrested Wednesday morning on charges related to methamphetamine manufacturing.

At Hartman's home, investigators discovered a number of items used in the drug's production, hypodermic syringes, digital scales and over 25 grams of liquid and finished methamphetamine, the West Central Illinois Task Force said in a press release statement.

A search of Jones' home uncovered numerous items used in the manufacture of the drug, the press release says.

Hartman is charged with aggravated participation in methamphetamine manufacture and possession of methamphetamine.

Jones is charged with possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material and aggravated methamphetamine manufacture.

During the search the two homes, investigators found evidence of at least 25 to 30 separate methamphetamine cooks making it one of the largest lab seizures in Adams County, the task force said.